Archive for January, 2010

The Week That Was: (24-01-2010) Pt. II: Beach House, Grouper, Joon-Ho, Caprica…

Following the news of Vampire Weekend’s sophomore record “Contra” hitting the Billboard Number 1 in the States -the first album released by a British independent label to hit the top spot in two decades; plenty of exciting music was launched or previewed this week. Among the flow of new releases, the album that has earned the best reviews is Baltimore duo’s Beach House third opus “Teen Dream”. It was streamed in its entirety by NPR radio and every track has a promo video. All of them collected on a bonus DVD as part of the original release. The album is being hailed as a dream-pop masterpiece and will establish the duo as one of today’s most interesting artists. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Week That Was (24-01-2010): Haiti Relief; Kate McGarrigle R.I.P.; Billy Bragg; Joanna Newsom; Panda Bear

An incredibly busy week packed with terrible news, great records and movie frenzy. But it was the tragic earthquake in Haiti, shocking the world and getting the headlines, what has served as a catalyst for the creative community as a whole. Artists big and small, from all corners of the music and entertainment spectrum, got involved in all sorts of activities to raise money and help in the relief of the catastrophe’s devastating effects. From Arcade Fire asking their fans to donate and international governments to cancel the country’s debt to Radiohead playing a special fundraising show or Will.I.Am remixing The Who’s “My Generation” with Slash. Here’s a few other notable initiatives:
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In The Loop: Owen Pallett straight to the top.

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The string arranger of choice among indie stars storms into our loop at number one. Owen Pallett, fresh from the release of his stunning new opus “Heartland”, is the Rober Awards favourite song at the moments. Other high entries include Lindstrøm & Christabelle; Beach House; etc.

Dubster meister Joker; Swedish electronica-meets-opera siblings The Knife and US rising stars Surfer Blood are also fying high.

You can watch this week’s loop here.

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The Week That Was (17-01-2010): Spoon; Owen Pallett; Up In The Air; The Messenger…

We begin our weekly recap with the shocking news about the death of Jimmy Lindsey, Jr. -better known as Jay Reatard. The young musician died at the age of 29 with the police still investigating the causes. Another sad lost this week was several times Rober nominee and veteran soul singer Teddy Pendergrass, whose career including such highlights as the theme for Alan Rudolph’s eighties cult film “Choose Me”. Read the rest of this entry »

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In The Loop: Avi Buffalo is our first Number One

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New sections keep on coming. Now introducing a brand new weekly Top 25 packed our favorite new tracks; all compiled separating the wheat from the chaff in the current music crop offered non-stop by the blogosphere.

In our pilot edition we’ve looked back in order to gather all those tracks most at risk to be forgotten due their release in between years. Most promising new artist nominee Avi Buffalo reaches top position, followed by Neon Indian and Yeasayer. Elsewhere, we find long awaited returns by Sade; Vampire Weekend; Dominique A and Massive Attack; interesting discoveries courtesy of Rita Indiana y Los Misterios; Surfer Blood; Rainbow Bridge and a hidden treasure from the vaults of Elliot Smith.

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The Week That Was (11-01-2010): Lhasa; Vampire Weekend; Nowhere Boy; The Knife…

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New Year, new section; we begin 2010 with a new a weekly recap of everything that has grabbed our attention during the past seven days. And we do it with some sad news, while we were still shocked with Vic Chesnutt’s tragic death, we found out Lhasa de Mela is also no longer with us. The American born, Mexican raised and Canadian based singer-songwriter who swept the board at the Robers’ 1997 with her debut album “La Llorona” and had just released her eponymous third album. has lost a long battle against cancer. Our thoughts are with her close ones. Read the rest of this entry »

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Brooklyn bands pile up Rober Awards nominations

Brooklyn confirmed itself once again as the centre of the most ground breaking music while some of its more notorious residents took the majority of this year’s Rober Awards nominations.

It’s no surprise to find Animal Collective featuring in multiple fields. The Brooklyn-based collective has earned 7 nominations for their landmark album “Merriweather Post Pavilion”. More surprising is the fact fellow Brooklynites Grizzly Bear have matched them in number of categories, igniting the battle betweem the two most acclaimed bands of the NY borough.

Following them closely, with five nominations, their neighbours Dirty Projectors on a tie-up with French favorites Phoenix. The Knife’s Karin Dreijer’s side project, Fever Ray; Wu-Tang member Raekwon and style icons Yeah Yeah Yeahs have got four apiece.

The Rober Awards 2009 Music Poll is now open. Vote here

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ROBER AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2009: Album Of The Year




ANIMAL COLLECTIVE-Merriweather Post Pavilion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtXtgHGrL9E


DIRTY PROJECTORS-Bitte Orca
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXrqDogitqs



GRIZZLY BEAR-Veckatimest
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weoqE_thaIk



PHOENIX-Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix




RAEKWON-Only Built For Cuban Lynx II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqT5Y2Ul3bg



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ROBER AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2009: Song Of The Year

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ROBER AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2009: Band Of The Year

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ROBER AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2009: Best Male Artist

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ROBER AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2009: Best Female Artist

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ROBER AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2009: Breakthrough Artist

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ROBER AWARDS NOMINATIONS 2009: Best Pop Artist

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